It’s been 7 weeks since the newest member of the Herniman tribe joined us, and it’s been a whirlwind few weeks adjusting to our new normal.
In one sense it’s like he’s always been here. He’s slotted into our lives as a perfect little addition. I’m finding the sleep a lot less harsh than first time round, as I’m already sort of used to it, even though G was sleeping through quite well most of the time, I’m used to the mornings getting up and on with the day, and the rough schedule we have.
Though saying that, I do remember G being a fab sleeper for the first 8 weeks, regularly sleeping 5-6 hours straight from midnight to 6am, which suited me just fine. But the after his first set of jabs it went downhill for a long time after that.
B is slightly less reliable to have those hours but isn’t too bad, letting me get in about 4-5 hours sleep in one block, which is lovely. I’m bracing myself for the first jabs to put a stop to that again though.
B is looking very much like his big brother, which at times, sleep deprived, hazy times, is just a tad surreal. It’s like flashbacks! He’s also long like his brother. By the time these kids hit nursery they’re going to be taller than me! I got the weirdest look from the woman at soft play yesterday, when I told her G was 2…I may have to start carrying his passport around just to prove I’m not trying to scam 2 quid off the entry price, he is actually 2! B looked the same size as a 9 month old baby waiting for swimming lessons last week, so I’m pretty sure he’s growing the same way.
A big surprise for me this time round has been breastfeeding. It just didn’t work with G, I expressed for 5 weeks and topped up with formula, but it wasn’t for us. I felt a little bad and guilty at the time, but ultimately we were happy and healthy, and G was getting fed so it was all good.
I’d decided to try breastfeeding again this time, I wanted to try and find help if we were finding it difficult but on the whole had a very relaxed attitude of “whatever works”. I was taken completely by surprise when he latched on with out any trouble at all, and 7 weeks later is still permanently attached!
I’ve been asked about my plans for feeding, how long I’ll breastfeed for, and until what age, but to be honest I’m so shocked it’s even happening I’d not put any thought into how long. I’m just going with it for now and seeing what happens.
It’s been a hectic but wonderful few weeks, and I know that it’s only going to get weirder and wilder! We’re still very much on a steep learning curve with G, let alone adding another to our roller coaster! But I guess that’s parenting full stop, right?!
Mrs H xxx